When a person takes their own life, then the grief of family and friends is frequently intense and may be complicated by the suddenness of the death and the lack of any clear reason as to why the person made the decision. 

The involvement of the police in investigating the circumstances surrounding the death, and the fact that society may still attach some stigma to deaths by suicide also make the grieving more difficult.

The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SamH) produce an excellent guide called After a suicide which offers information and advice on practical issues and on the grieving process following a death by suicide.


Support and advice is available from a number of sources:

Last updated: 06 December 2012

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